Texas Governor Rick Perry say he believes the recent immigration law passed in Arizona would not be the right direction for the Lone Star State.
The Texas Republican says he fully recognizes and supports a state's right and obligation to protect its citizens, but he has concerns with portions of the Arizona law.
Some aspects of the law turn law enforcement officers into immigration officials by requiring them to determine immigration status during any lawful contact with a suspected alien.
Perry says the focus must continue to be on the criminal elements involved with conducting criminal acts.
Perry adds as the debate over immigration reform intensifies, the focus must remain on border security.
Mexico is Texas' largest trading partner, and they share more than 1,200 miles of border, which is more than any other state.